Chennai, Mar 30: The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) cadre is set to hold a hunger strike on April 2 to urge the central government to form a Cauvery Management Board (CMB). “All party meeting to be convened to decide on next course of action on Cauvery Management Board formation, a protest will be planned after consulting all opposition parties. We condemn state and central govt for not implementing SC order,” stated the DMK resolution after the executive committee meeting.
The AIADMK’s decision to hold a hunger strike has come nearly six weeks after the Supreme Court delivered its final verdict on the Cauvery issue. The AIADMK leaders have been holding protests against the Centre for not fulfiling the Supreme Court’s orders even after six weeks.
Earlier, AIADMK leader Navaneethakrishnan threatened the Centre saying all the AIADMK MPs would commit suicide if it fails to set up the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) by March 29. “All we AIADMK MPs will commit suicide if the CMB is not set up by the Central government as instructed by the Supreme Court,” he said.
Following the announcement, the other AIADMK MPs distanced themselves from Navaneethakrishnan saying that they were his own words and do not reflect the stance of the party.
MP Navaneethakrishnan said, “How can the Centre not heed what the Supreme court has said? No steps have been taken and there is no chance that the deadline will be met. They are doing this because of the Karnataka elections. But more people in Tamil Nadu need the Cauvery water than in Karnataka.”
Opposition parties and farmers organisations in Tamil Nadu erupted in anger over the Central government’s moves to seek clarifications from the Supreme Court whether it had directed constitution of a Cauvery Management Board as the deadline for the purpose expired on Thursday.
They also attacked the Tamil Nadu government over its “inability” to pressure the Centre to implement the court order because it was “afraid” of the govenment in Delhi and had no guts to oppose it.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Thursday chaired a high-level meeting to discuss the next course of action on the river water sharing issue. Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam and other senior Ministers attended the meeting at the Secretariat.
With IANS inputs